Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Benefits of Having the Right Pillow

Have you ever woke up and had a stiff neck or back, tossed and turned all night, or kept a spouse up all night from snoring? Most would associate this with the mattress they have, but in many cases it is the combination of the pillow and mattress. Today, let’s focus on the pillow side and determine what factors play into a good night’s sleep!

What is the purpose of the pillow? The first reason is simply comfort. The more comfortable you are in bed the easier falling asleep becomes. The second reason is commonly overlooked by most and that is having correct sleeping posture and correct alignment.  Proper support creates alignment for your neck and back with the spine; therefore, helping to prevent the stiffness in the upper body that we mentioned in the beginning.

How long should I have a pillow? If you have an older pillow, it might be time to get a new one.  Pillows that have been used for over 18 months or so should be replaced. The materials in pillows can trap illness, bad bacteria, oils, mold, dead skin cells, and even dust mites. Having these little things can make a huge difference and can trigger allergies and cause you to get sick or prevent you from getting better when you are sick. It can also cause acne breakouts. We suggest using a pillow protector to prolong the life of your pillows. Make sure to wash them at least once a month if not more. You can also do a pillow test to see if it is time to get a new one. Fold your pillow in half and let go. If you pillow springs back, it’s still pretty good to use. But, if your pillow doesn’t spring back fast, it’s a sign to replace it.

When looking for the right comfort we have to look at your sleeping position to create the proper alignment.  Here is a look at the different sleeping positions:

Side Sleepers
Side sleepers will conform better to a thicker or firm pillow that fills in the neck and mattress. This helps keep the neck and head aligned to the spine. Having a pillow that is firm also helps create the correct spacing between your ears and shoulders.

Back Sleepers
Back sleepers need a medium thickness pillow that gives just enough support. The height is neither over nor under sized keeping the head from tilting too high or too low. 

Stomach Sleepers
Lastly is a stomach sleeper, which needs a softer flat pillow that lifts the head just off the surface to align the neck and spine.

Two or all of the above
There are a handful of people that tend to be both a side sleeper and a back sleeper or even all three. For this case, you will probably want a medium thickness pillow or you could even have a couple of different pillows for the sleep occasion.

Now that we have these basic fundamentals and understanding of the benefits of having the right pillow, go out and test some. Stop by one of our stores to find the right pillow for your needs; you might be surprised to get amazing better sleep!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Insider Tip: The Best Time to Buy Appliances

Have you ever wondered when the best time to buy appliances are? Today Kevin is here to teach us about who dictates major sales in the appliance industry.

You would think that the relaters have most of the control with when sales are, but in reality, the manufacturers are the ones who dictacte when there are big sales and prices. Most of the big sales are surrounded by the six major holidays including:
Martin Luther King Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving)
X13 (around the holidays at the end of the year)

Around these times, is when you will find the best deals. Good luck and give us a call to check prices or stop by one of our stores to see them yourself.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Keith, one of our technicians, is here today to share with you how to clean and maintain your washer so that it will last longer and save you money.

Surprisingly, your washer needs to be cleaned frequently throughout the year. For front-load washers we recommend to clean it 3-4 times per year. If you do more loads, roughly once a day, we recommend that you clean it about 6 times per year.

Affresh Washer Cleaner and wipes are what we recommend to clean your washer. Especially for front load washers, bacteria can build up and cause your washer to smell and even have your clothes not clean as well.

For top-load washers, you do not have to clean them as often. This is because there is more open space by the lid for water to evaporate. You can use bleach to kill bacteria, but it won't actually remove the bacteria which is why using professional cleaners like Affresh is better because it will kill and completely get rid of the bacteria.

Let us know if you have any questions about cleaning your washer or other appliances. You can give one of our stores a call to order your cleaner today.

Friday, April 27, 2018

From Our Oven to Yours: How to Marinate Meats for Grilling

There is nothing I enjoy more than a well marinated, well cooked piece of meat. Marinating before grilling may seem like a daunting task, but know what kinds of marinades for different types of meat will speed up the process and result in better tasting food.

Beef done right is a rich with tons of flavor, melting in your mouth – no matter the quality of cut. The best way to achieve this tenderness is the perfect marinade and slow cooking. Beef marinades should add to the natural flavor of the meat, while keeping it moist during grilling.
Try this recipe-
Prep 15 min
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Cook to your likes.

When it’s good it’s good! When it’s bad it’s as rubbery and dry as gum. Although it is easy to overcook, chicken is a staple in most diets thanks to its nutritional value and excellent taste. You don’t have to worry about dry chicken if you marinade it to perfection.
Try this recipe-
          Prep Time 15 in
  • 14 cup cider vinegar
  • 3  tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 3  cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1   lime, juiced
  • 12  lemon, juiced
  • 12 cup brown sugar
  • 12 teaspoons salt
  • 6  tablespoons olive oil
  • ground black pepper
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Just like Chicken this white meat can dry out very quickly when cooked too long. A good marinade will solve this issue and add lots of extra flavor.
Try this recipe-
          Prep time 25 min
  • 2 large pork chops
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mesquite-flavored seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why our bed sheets are the most conformable!

Ben from our Parker location is here to talk about sheets with you.

At Appliance Factory & Mattress Kingdom, we are a one-stop-shop for all of your mattress needs. We offer mattresses, pillows, sheets, and even mattress covers. Stop by our stores to talk to a mattress expert!

In this video, Ben addresses the sheet myth that the higher the thread count, the better the sheet is. This is not true.

When you sleep, your sheets need air flow. When you have a higher thread count, it reduces the air flow making the air trapped.  If you are a hot sleeper, meaning you get hot or sweat throughout the night, the heat from your body needs to be released out.

We do have new technology sheets that can help you have better air flow and still be soft and comfy for your needs. We offer dry tech mesh sheets and hyper wool sheets. Stop by one of our stores today to test the sheets out yourself.